Exchange Enterprise 2003 w/ SP2
I just purchased an ArcMail Defender 8TB Email Archiving Appliance. We are a local government agency and are required to keep all email for two years. Up until now, we have just been using an Exchange Journal account, POPing the mail down to PST's and archiving them to DVD's.
The new ArcMail device will pull mail directly from a journal account so new mail is not a problem. However, to get the last two years of my email into the system, I need to import the PST's back into an exchange mailbox in order for the device to pull the mail into itself in its own format.
My biggest concern is I do not want to import these pst's into a mailbox on the First Storage Group of this server. I have been down the road on not having enough room for an offline format (hope to never have to do that again) and want to avoid growing the First Storage Groups database unnecessarily.
So my plan is to create a second storage group to put this mailbox on. I have a 400GB drive attached from my SAN for this group to live on. My understanding is that creating the second group creates another, separate DB for the group. Thus importing these PST's to the new mailbox should not affect the First Storage Group's size.
Please let me know if you agree with this plan. If not, please provide an alternate plan of attack.